The Right to Universal Birth Registration

Chapter 1 in Melissa Castan & Paula Gerber (eds) Proof of Birth (2015) Future Leaders, Melbourne, Australia

18 Pages Posted: 14 May 2015

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Paula Gerber

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Melissa Castan

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 3, 2015

Abstract

Having a birth certificate is a key to citizenship. Most people born in this country take it for granted that they can prove they are Australian and lawful citizens by producing their birth certificate. But a number of Australians — predominantly Indigenous people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities — miss out on the benefits of citizenship and struggle to fully participate in society because their birth has never been registered, or if it was, they cannot produce a birth certificate to prove it.

This chapter analyses what international human rights law says about the right to birth registration and a birth certificate, and whether Australia is complying with these international standards.

Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Birth registration, Birth Certificate, ICCPR

JEL Classification: J71, K33

Suggested Citation

Gerber, Paula and Castan, Melissa, The Right to Universal Birth Registration (May 3, 2015). Chapter 1 in Melissa Castan & Paula Gerber (eds) Proof of Birth (2015) Future Leaders, Melbourne, Australia. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2602058

Paula Gerber (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Melissa Castan

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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